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#671: Tension

February 21, 2012

Notes from the Manager

If you ignored my note above and don't know what's going on, that's because this is part two of a six-part crossover between Dave Willis's Shortpacked! and Multiplex — which we're calling “Multipacked!” — so head over to Shortpacked! to read Part One.

Before anyone asks: yes, our webcomics take place in different cities. We're just gonna handwave that and say that in the Multiplex universe, there's a version of Shortpacked! in Chicago, and in the Shortpacked! universe, there's a version of Multiplex in San Francisco. (I had Jason turn up there once before, for a Shortpacked! guest comic that I did a little over a year ago, so I guess that's Multiplex canon now.)

The Shortpacked!/Multiplex crossover started on Monday over at Shortpacked!, and we'll alternate for the next few days — so Multiplex today (duh), SP! on Wednesday, Multiplex on Thursday, and then conclude on Friday with strips at both sites. (Dave's Friday comic will be first chronologically.) I'll see you tomorrow over at Shortpacked! and then back here on Thursday!

Dear New Visitors from Shortpacked!

If you're new to Multiplex, I generally recommend starting from the beginning, but as you all know, the first year or two of a long-running webcomic are rarely indicative of its eventual quality, so if you'd rather get a feel for what the strip evolves into, maybe start at Chapter 26 instead.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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